Lack of unity among parties over Naga issue: Neiphiu Rio
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Last Updated: Thursday, March 11, 2010, 19:41
Kohima: There is lack of unity among political parties over the Naga issue, Chief Minister Neiphiu Rio, whose Democratic Alliance of Nagaland (DAN) government celebrated its two years of completion in office in its second term, said on Thursday.

''All of us have been insisting that there should be re-conciliation and unity among Naga underground groups, but at the same time we overground politicians irrespective of party affiliations should have been united first on the Naga political issue,'' he told newsmen here after the official thanksgiving service.

''Unfortunately, it (understanding among parties) has not happened so far despite the many efforts of DAN government to bring all over ground politicians to a common platform on the vexed political problem since it came to power,'' he said.

Earlier, addressing the gathering Rio appreciated the initiative of Speaker Kiyanilie Pseyie in holding two sittings of all the 60 members of the house which led to the formation of the joint parliamentary committee, which will act as a facilitator to the ongoing Naga peace process.

He also thanked the opposition Congress for its cooperation in the forming of the joint committee.

Rio expressed satisfaction over the peacetalks between the Centre and NSCN(I-M) in which the dialogue was on in the highest levels and assured that his government would pave the way for a new dispensation if it comes by way of a political settlement of the vexed Naga political conflict.

Rio expressed dissatisfaction with the quality of construction work undertaken by various departments in the state despite the quality control board being set up by the government.

Asked to comment on the alleged anomalies in the implementation of various rural development schemes, particularly NREGA, he said the rural development department was doing its level best for the proper implementation of some of the schemes.

Nagaland had earned laurels from the Centre and other agencies for effective implementation of development schemes in villages in the small states category, he added.

The Chief Minister said there was a better cohesiveness and coordination among the alliance partners in DAN-2 which was helping implementation of various development projects.

The thanksgiving service was chaired by Chief Secretary Lalthara and attended by ministers, parliamentary secretaries, senior civil and police officials and leaders and workers of Naga People’s Front and NCP. Prayers, Bible reading and choir songs marked the celebration.


First Published: Thursday, March 11, 2010, 19:41

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